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I'm going on a cruise!!!

post #1 of 28
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I am soooooo excited! DH and I were looking to take a vacation to somewhere warm next month. Well we were thinking Florida, but by the time you get a hotel, flight, rental, etc, it was more expensive than a cruise! So yep! We're booked for a cruise!

Our ports of call are in Key West and Calacia/Playa del Carmen. I went on a cruise when I was 16 and we went to Key West and Cozumel. It was a blast but since I went with my mom (and a ton of people from church, so I had lots and lots of friends with me!) I didn't have to do much, like pay for taxis or think of all that other stuff. So I'm full of questions and stuff. Things like how do you get to the port from the airport, last time we met someone from the cruise line and took a bus. But we'd all booked with a travel agent in this huge group so I didn't know if that's why. I'd appreciate any advice you might have! Also about flying, I haven't flown since that cruise. I need to check how best to pack and what to pack too.

I will defiantly try to get some pictures of the cats around Ernest Hemingway's house in Key West! And there was this really neat cat gift shop there I want to see if I can find. They had 3 of their kitties right there in the shop! I think I found the name online so I'm gonna cross my fingers!

Now the last problem is finding a dress for formal night!
post #2 of 28
Lucky you!

I've never been on a cruise before, I bet your going to have SUCH a good time!

I can't wait to see all the beautiful pictures!
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Lucky you!

I've never been on a cruise before, I bet your going to have SUCH a good time!

I can't wait to see all the beautiful pictures!
You should try to go someday. It was suprisingly affordable! I don't know if it's just the time of year or if they've gone down in price, but it really was! I mean I know the one I went on before cost much more than this one. It was a grad present and we went in August. The one I went on before was the most relaxing vacation of my life. I ate like a queen! Plus all the entertainment, different stops, activities, etc. It is very good money spent in my oppinion! Everyone should pamper themselves to one once in thier life time!
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
You should try to go someday. It was suprisingly affordable! I don't know if it's just the time of year or if they've gone down in price, but it really was! I mean I know the one I went on before cost much more than this one. It was a grad present and we went in August. The one I went on before was the most relaxing vacation of my life. I ate like a queen! Plus all the entertainment, different stops, activities, etc. It is very good money spent in my oppinion! Everyone should pamper themselves to one once in thier life time!
Can I just go along with you?

It does sound like so much fun though - I've never gone on a trip like that before, I know, I'm deprived!
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Can I just go along with you?

It does sound like so much fun though - I've never gone on a trip like that before, I know, I'm deprived!
Now that would be a fun TCS meetup!
post #6 of 28
Lucky you!!! I'm so happy for you! Someday I want to go on a cruise to Alaska. I have heard cruises are THE thing to do, I can't wait to go on one...someday.
post #7 of 28
Sweet! Have fun!
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
Now that would be a fun TCS meetup!
For sure!! How exciting would that be? I'd be all for it!
post #9 of 28
I am totally addicted to cruising too

We just booked one a couple of days ago for Feb. 4. Yep...two weeks away! UGH Oh well at least I don't have to wait too long right?

Check out www.cruisecritic.com it is a cruise message board and where I spend way too much time. My screen name is bobbie0253 on the board. I usually cruise RCCL.

What ship are you sailing?
post #10 of 28
The cruise line meets you at the airport and gets you either to your hotel or the ship and returns you to the airport, at the end of the cruise. They even take care of picking up and checking your luggage.
post #11 of 28
Have a great time! Sounds like fun!
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by katl8e
The cruise line meets you at the airport and gets you either to your hotel or the ship and returns you to the airport, at the end of the cruise. They even take care of picking up and checking your luggage.

They only do this if you buy your air fare or "transfers" from them. For a first time cruiser this is the way to do it.

For me it's way too expensive to do it that way. We book our own air and take a taxi. If I was unsure what the port I was cruising out of, I would buy transfers for sure.
post #13 of 28
Oh I am SUCH a cruise fanatic! My best friend and I plan one every year. We're actually in the process of figuring out where we want to go this year.

I think that message board that was already supplied should be able to give you all the answers you need, so I just wanted to tell you to have a BLAST and go wild! Cruises are great venues for that kind of behavior.
post #14 of 28
I myself have never been on a cruise but have a blast!!, and be sure to take tons of pictures!
post #15 of 28
Lucky!! My husband and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon in 2004...and we loved it!! We are prob. going this year in oct for our 2 year wedding anniversary...You guys will have soo much fun
post #16 of 28
Good for you!!! Share all the details with us and of course the pictures!!! I never been on one either, but I hope to go on one in a few years. I hope you have sooo much fun!!!!
post #17 of 28
Oh that sounds like fun! I'd love to go on a cruise too, somewhere really wild like Alaska or Antartica.
I totally second the idea of a TCS cruise! What a great way to meet everyone.
post #18 of 28
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I am still sooooo excited! I'm headed to the mall in search of a dress now...wish me luck! I'm so full of planning ideas and things. Like what kinds of pics I missed last time. There certainly won't be any bathingsuit pictures like Kathernine's though! Don't want to scare anyone! I'll deffinately check out that website tonight! Thanks for suggesting it!
post #19 of 28
Can I come along???
post #20 of 28
Have a great time
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
I am still sooooo excited! I'm headed to the mall in search of a dress now...wish me luck! I'm so full of planning ideas and things. Like what kinds of pics I missed last time. There certainly won't be any bathingsuit pictures like Kathernine's though! Don't want to scare anyone! I'll deffinately check out that website tonight! Thanks for suggesting it!
Oh don't be silly! I bet you're one hot mama in your suit, so don't hold back on us!
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by katspixiedust
Oh don't be silly! I bet you're one hot mama in your suit, so don't hold back on us!
Ok maybe a chest up one! I'm seriously considering some protien shake diet my friend was telling me about. Mostly I'm just gonna have fun! It's just a little frustrating shopping right now...I am so not athletic for a few reasons...so when it comes to bathing suits and gowns, I get a little down. Wanna come help me find a gown!?!
post #23 of 28
I bet you will look wonderful!!! Go have lot's of fun and post some pictures of some hot men on the ship!!
post #24 of 28
Yippie for you!!! I'm jealous. We went on a cruise in 2005, a week before hurricane katrina hit because we ported in New Orleans. You'll have a blast. That cruise critics site really helped me prepare for alot and gave me an idea of what to expect. What cruise lines will you be traveling on?
post #25 of 28
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We're going on the Carnival ship Fascination. I've been doing a lot of reading off the cruise critics website.

Keep your fingers crossed I find a dress this weekend. Last Saturday in the local area was completely fruitless! A friend who understand my challengs and I are going up north this weekend where there are better and more shops. I'm taking all volunteers who want to help though! Shopping can be such a pain in the neck, but dressing up never is!

Oh and I don't know about taking pics of any hog guys for ya, DH might not like that!
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
We're going on the Carnival ship Fascination. I've been doing a lot of reading off the cruise critics website.

Keep your fingers crossed I find a dress this weekend. Last Saturday in the local area was completely fruitless! A friend who understand my challengs and I are going up north this weekend where there are better and more shops. I'm taking all volunteers who want to help though! Shopping can be such a pain in the neck, but dressing up never is!

Oh and I don't know about taking pics of any hog guys for ya, DH might not like that!
Ohhh I wish I could go shopping with you!!! I love helping others shop...and shopping for myself!

I've been on the Fascination before. It's a lot of fun, I KNOW you'll have a blast!!
post #27 of 28
Sounds like fun...Have a safe & fun cruise
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by katspixiedust
Ohhh I wish I could go shopping with you!!! I love helping others shop...and shopping for myself!

I've been on the Fascination before. It's a lot of fun, I KNOW you'll have a blast!!
Cool! Next time we take one I'll have to get your advice on other ships to try out!
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